There’s something about Rome that you won’t experience while travelling through many great European cities. It’s timeless. Your experience starts as you make your way to the centre of town in whatever transport you have chosen. From the outskirts of the city you can see the timelessness of Rome. The Italian villas and the age of the buildings will give you the experience of stepping back in time. And if you let the feeling carry you, it makes for a great visit.
The Colisseum and the Roman ruins are 2 of those timeless experiences. If you are lucky to visit the Colisseum with few people inside, and just sit there and imagine everything that has taken place in that arena, the Gladiators, the lions, and other celebrations, it really makes you feel the former ambience of this large arena.
Rome has been a large city for much longer than many other cities, and therefore there is so much that will inspire you taste for historical experiences. The capital of one of the largest ancient empires that ever existed has so much to offer. There is so much to see and do there, that a 4 day trip would be the minimum recommended stay to fully take in the many sites that this city offers.
One of the best ways to see Rome is to put a map in your back pocket and just go around on foot to wherever it looks good. Every street has something interesting. It is also one of the cheapest ways to see the city. For example from the Spanish steps you can visit Trevi fountain, and the Villa Borghese and Trajan’s market; and the Colosseum in the Colesseo district has all the sites from ancient Rome including the Roman forum and Plaza Venezia, and the Pantheon: then in Testaccio you’ll find the Baths of Caracalla, parts of the old city wall and large sections of the Roman aquaducts.
For some people a view over the city is a must and as there are 7 hills within the Servian Wall some of the best views are Pincio looks over Piazza del Popolo and the Vatican, Janiculum Hill will give you views over Trastevere and some of the older parts of Rome, Parco Savello on Aventine Hill also has brilliant views. This is also a cheap way of seeing the sights of Rome.
The Vatican City is also found inside Rome itself, and a visit to the Pope’s city attracts a lot of Rome’s visitors. Normal sights are St.Peter and Pauls Square, St.Peters Basilica, the Sistine Chapel inside the same Basilica, and the Papal Palace, guarded by the neutral Swiss Guard.
For cheap deals to get into museums, archaeological sights, and all public transport enquire about a Roma Pass when in the city.
One of the best areas to eat out is the Trastevere district, which has many cafes and eateries.
To go out try the Testaccio district or San Larenzo for the university crowd as the areas have the highest concentration of bars in Rome.
To go on the cheap, visit a panetteria- bread shop and get some cheap and tasty pane pomodoro– bread roll with a tasty tomato paste baked on top or a pane olivo which is basically olives put inside bread dough and baked, but really tasty all the same, and did I say cheap.
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